What can I use for bedding!?

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I believe this is a health question- Mooney has a crate inside that he sleeps in, and he has sytematically destroyed, and likely ingested, some of every blanket he has ever had! He is relegated to fleece now, anything with padding in it has been destroyed the second I am not looking! Is there an alternative bedding for using in an indoor crate? I don't want him to be uncomfortable, but he eats EVERYTHING he can grab, I have to do stick patrol outside constantly. He has a big orthopedic bed, but needs to be crated at night and when we are gone. He rips the fleece into strips, but sometimes he nibbles little pieces off, which he could eat. My previous dobers ripped blankets, but only enough to make holes they could crawl through so they could wear them like capes! 

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Mine get nothing in their crates to sleep on except the plastic liners that came with the crates.

The pair before them got nothing but those plastic liners as well... :)

 

 

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Made this for the previous pair:

I went out of my way to build it big enough, strong enough and comfy enough for a pair of female Doberman dogs and it was...

 

Did not work out as planned as one of the girls took immediate possession and made it clear that it was only big enough for one dog and that it was her. :)

 

That was my best dog and I was not about to screw with any of her pack leader decisions. She got the bed... :)

 

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Oh wow nice job on that bed Dobermanguy! Looks comfy enough for a human lol! Very lucky girl!!!

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I would just use the tray in the crate at night, nothing else.

There are some crate pads that hold up pretty well - I won't say that they are indestructible, but I've had good luck with them.  They are not warm, but will give some padding. 

primo pads -   www.primopads.com

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There are some crate pads that hold up pretty well - I won't say that they are indestructible, but I've had good luck with them.  They are not warm, but will give some padding. 

primo pads -   www.primopads.com

 

My girl Patience is due for a treat this winter. Somehow, someway, That girl is getting fixed up with a heated bed.

Hoping I can get away with something as simple as an electric blanket in the bed she has now. Have never had a Doberman that liked to be as hot as her before.

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Thanks for the advice, I just ordered him a Primo pad. My son chose purple! As long as he doesn't eat this, it will be perfect. He is always inside in comfortable temps, so he doesn't need blankets, I just wouldnt put him through the discomfort he would have if he was laying on a plastic tray all night. Fingers crossed that he doesn't destroy this!

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Primo pad is a win! It's still intact, despite Mooneys best efforts to dig through it! He has graduated to having freedom at night, so he sleeps on the couch, but he seems pretty comfy when he's in his crate.

Glad to hear the primo pad is holding up.  They will eventually dig through them, but I've found that they work pretty well.